School Board: Update on $5.6 Million Renovation, Personnel Changes

first_imgOcean City Primary School was first constructed in 1965, and much of the building has seen no major renovation since then.At a brief Ocean City Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, board members learned that a $5.6 million renovation remains on target to be complete well before the school year starts.Buildings and Grounds Subcommittee Chair Tom Oves reported that the project is “going full steam ahead” and is on target to be substantially complete by Aug. 15. He said one exception will be for beams that won’t be delivered until Aug. 15 (but will take only two days to install).The project includes a new roof, heating and cooling systems (HVAC), plumbing and electrical systems, windows and doors for a building that was constructed in 1965.The district is also starting to plan for the repainting of the golden dome atop Ocean City High School.Personnel moves approved unanimously by the board include the following:The board accepted the retirement of Raymond C. Darcusio, maintenance worker, effective Jan. 1, 2016.The board accepted the retirement of Ocean City Intermediate School principal’s secretary Rosemary Stuart, effective Nov. 1, 2015; and the retirement of custodian Walter Payne, effective Aug. 1, 2015.The board approved the hiring of Timothy M. Kelley (no relation to the new business administrator of the same name) as an Ocean City High School physical education teacher at $53,552 (BA+30, step 1).The board approved the hiring of Patricia Pepe as an Ocean City Primary School teacher at $61,602 (MA, step 3).The board approved the hiring of Megan Ward as an Ocean City Primary School teacher at $48,202 (BA, step 1).The board accepted the “request for a voluntary reassignment” of Mikenzie Helphenstine from Director of Curriculum (at $103,443) to the position of teacher, effective Sept. 1 at $88,354 (MA+45, step 10) for the 2015-16 school year.last_img read more